Todd Iverson summed up the political stakes.
“It’s a swing district in a swing Senate,” he said, “and this vote will really matter.”
The Pierce and Kitsap county boards interviewed Gig Harbor Democrats Iverson and Nathaniel Schlicher on Thursday for a vacant spot in the state Senate.
And with control of the Senate resting on a scalpel’s edge, they sent emergency-room doctor Schlicher to Olympia.
Schlicher had been the top choice of local Democrats, with Iverson a close runner-up and Gerry Baldwin, who didn’t ask the council to choose him, coming in third. Because they were replacing a Democrat – Derek Kilmer, who was elected to Congress …